Conservatives win back overall control of Lincolnshire County Council

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The Conservative Party has won back overall control of Lincolnshire County Council following the election on May 4.

With new boundaries, the Conservatives won a total of 58 out of the 70 wards on the council.

Labour finished in second place with six seats, with the Liberal Democrats and Lincolnshire Independents each having a councillor elected.

Four Independents were also elected.

UKIP lost every seat it held on Lincolnshire County Council.

The overall turnout for the county council elections was 31.98%. A total of 176,789 votes were received, despite 552,741 residents being registered to do so.

Just over 500 votes were classed as spoiled.

Recap: 2017 Lincolnshire County Council election results

The result erases memories of the 2013 election for the Conservatives, which saw fail to win a majority for only the second time in the local authority’s history, and forced them into a coalition administration with the Liberal Democrats and some Independent councillors.

For a majority under the new boundaries, the Conservatives needed 36 seats, something they achieved comfortably.

The eight seats in Lincoln were split equally between Labour and the Conservatives.

Watch what county council leader Martin Hill had to say to Lincolnshire Reporter following the result: